Four or five civilians died and four or five more were wounded in an alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrike on the village of Al-Jabriya in Hama, according to sources on the ground. Fourteen militants from the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham were also claimed killed.
AMC reported that “four paramedics were killed and another was wounded” in a morning airstrike on the village. Halab News put the death toll at five.
Multiple other sources reported that a group of journalists was struck, leading to the death of one of them (Bara’’a Hallak, known as Abu al Yazid Taftanaz) who was the Al Jisr channels correspondent and also reportedly the former media representative for Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Freedom Movement. A second Al Jisr correspondent was named as wounded – along with four other correspondents from media organisations including Assi Press, Orient News and the Smart News Agency.
According to Rozana, “a media activist was killed and three other media activists were injured on Wednesday [Feb 22nd] as a result of a raid on Al-Jabriya, believed to belong have been carried out by the regime. The media activists were covering the fighting in the northern Hama countryside.
“The satellite channel Al-Jisr named its correspondent Mohammed Yazid ‘Abu al-Yazid al-Tafnazzi’ as killed in an air raid while he was covering events in the northern Hama countryside. Additionally, Orient TV reported that its correspondent Saif al-Abdullah was injured by an air strike targeting a gathering of media activists in Hama.
“According to the Smart News Agency, the air raid led to the injury of itys correspondent Mohammed al-Hweesh. He suffered shrapnel wounds in the abdomen and the heel of the foot. At the time, the correspondent of Assi Press, Iyad Abu al-Joud, was also slightly injured in the strike”.
Smart Provided further details on the condition of its correspondent Mohammed al-Hweesh, stating that “doctors had to amputate his left leg, and he underwent an operation on the abdomen to remove shrapnel. He also suffered a fracture in his right foot.” Smart said that the regime was likely responsible for the strike.
However, Syria News Desk pointed to both “Russian and regime warplanes”. It reported that 1″4 members of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, four paramedics and a media activist were killed and four journalists were injured” in the airstrike.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Muhammad Dheban al-Dubaie Adult male 'a nurse from the village of al-Mughayir' killed
- Bara’’a Hallak, known as Abu al Yazid Taftanaz Adult male correspondent of the Al Jisr channel and former media representative for Ahrar al Sham, the Islamic Freedom Movement killed
- Saif al-Abdullah Adult male correspondent of Orient News injured
- Mohammed al-Hweesh Adult male correspondent for Smart - shrapnel wounds in the abdomen and the heel of the foot injured
- Iyad Abu al-Joud Adult male Assi Press correspondent injured
- Mohammed Ali Age unknown male correspondent injured
- Tim Al-Yousef Adult male Al-Jisr correspondent injured
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any specific strikes between February 1st - 31st 2017.